The frontiers of innovation for UVM engineering majors' senior projects have been varied and far-reaching, impacting real-world places and products from cheese caves to golf clubs. In the coming year, a team of undergraduates, with mentorship from three engineering faculty, will create a prototype designed for use in the farthest-reaching frontier yet: deep space.
Through its Exploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge,
The prototype will be designed and built here on campus in close cooperation with
The prototypes developed over the next 14 months by the five winning schools (including UVM,
"This is the fifth year of the X-Hab Academic Innovation Challenge, and we continue to be impressed by the innovative university proposals to advance capabilities for spaceflight," said
The project will be part of UVM's existing Senior Experience in Engineering Design (SEED) program -- a capstone on the undergraduate engineering curriculum. The
"It's very exciting to have been picked for such a competitive award," says Hitt. "We're going to teach students engineering, we're going to teach them design principles, and we're going to give them a tangible project that's really kind of exciting and unusual -- not your typical design project."
Hitt also serves as director of the
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